This is the centre panel of a triptych painted for the church of St Columba, Cologne.
The Virgin and three holy women mourn the crucified Christ. Saint John the Evangelist stands on the right. The busy background includes other episodes in the story: on the left, Christ carries the Cross, falling under its weight; on the right his body is taken down from the Cross.
Similarly, the scenes on the shutters show events before and just after his Crucifixion .